Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan

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Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God was one of the books I read on my Ohio trip a couple of weeks ago. It is by far one of the most convicting books I have read in a long time. I had heard so much about Francis Chan and Crazy Love from others, I was expecting to be blown away from page one. I wasn’t, but in a good way. Let me explain.

The beauty of this book is that it simply lays out what it means to follow and love God and to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. I was reminded in just about every chapter how many ways God has yet to whittle me down, and how much of my own will, pride, lust, and covetousness I have yet to hand over to God to be burned. By the end of the book, I was not blown away; I was simply convicted of the sin in my life that I’m all too quick to overlook. Let me just say you should read this book, and simply share one of the more convicting passages in the book from chapter five, which is on giving to God all that we have in response to what he has given us:

Leftovers are not merely inadequate; from God’s point of view (and lest we forget, His is the only one who matters), they’re evil. let’s stop calling it ‘a busy schedule’ or ‘bills’ or ‘forgetfulness.’ It’s called evil.” Page 92, emphasis in the original

One thing that was distracting in the book was that many chapters referred to videos that can be watched online. I did not watch the videos, and so perhaps I missed out on some of the book. I really don’t see the point of mixing the two types of media, and I think the book would be strengthened if future versions just have a note at the beginning that point readers to additional material online, rather than having intermittent reminders that there are videos online we can watch, further humiliating the printed word. But I’m willing to bet I’m in the minority here.

As I recommend this book to pretty much everyone, I’m confronted with the fact that I have not read a book in a while that I’ve really disagreed with. So, if you have any reading recommendations of (good) authors who present a point of view I might disagree with, I’m all ears…or rather, I’m all eyes since this is a text blog.

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